Feb 4, 2021 -- 6:41AM, gjohn101 wrote:
Interesting discussion. I remember Bazz Hawkins doing an interview at the worlds last year, might go and try dig it out. Anyway, spoke about how mentally drained he felt and how tough a lot of the players were finding it. Found it interesting because hawk isnt a fella you'd expect to be complaining for the sake of it. Its ok to say theydont have to play everything but when a couple of k could be the difference between making the players or tour championship, thats easier said than done if your name isnt judd trump or neil robertson or the privileged few who can afford to.The itv series is a good concept and there are some good things about the calendar and some bad things. For all the events, there are a lot of players not getting a huge amount of game time at all, stuck in a losing spiral, and others getting way too much. The balance is all wrong i think, militates against young players getting the best possible education.I think the shoot outs ok tbh. The bigger issues are elsewhere. Shouldn't be ranking though, that was always stupid.
I completely agree John, that the balance between top and bottom is out of whack. Maybe Hearn should consider some tournaments just for those ranked 17-128 or 33-128? New players to the tour are at a massive disadvantage at the moment, and it is really hard for most of them to progress, hence me saying that I think the WST Pro Series is a good idea for them (whatever else you might think about it). Guess the difficulty is, if you exclude the ELITE players, how do you rationalise the ranking points system, unless you just make it about non-ranking point financial and experience-based gain?
As for Baz, he's on record as saying he's struggled with life in general since his brother-in-law sadly took his own life. If we look at the numbers, Baz played 395 frames all in in the 2019-2020 season (the 18th most) v Judd's mammoth 700. I accept your point about tour/players champ qualifications, but maybe some would actually fare better if they were more selective with the tournaments they played rather than trying to do it all?